Basil Pesto


Serving Size:
2 tablespoons

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein
  • Vegetarian


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2/3 cups nutritional yeast
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons flax oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Juice the lemon. Add all ingredients except flax and olive oils to a food processor.
  2. Combine the oils and pour oil into the food processor through the top to evenly emulsify while blending the ingredients. Stir ingredients from the bottom of the blender as needed.
  3. Store pesto in a jar or covered container until ready to use as a marinade, salad dressing or pasta sauce. Keeps up to one week in the refrigerator.

Helpful hints

  • An additional 2 tablespoons of flax oil may be substituted for the olive oil.
  • Flax oil provides health benefits including supplying ALA omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Basil Pesto has great versatility- use as a marinade on seafood or chicken, as a dipping sauce for fresh or roasted vegetables, a salad dressing or toss with pasta or rice as a lower potassium alternative to tomato sauce.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 122

Protein 4 g

Carbohydrates 4 g

Fat 10 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 7 mg

Potassium 158 mg

Phosphorus 99 mg

Calcium 18 mg

Fiber 1.3 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Download Free Kidney-Friendly Cookbooks

Get instant access to recipes and kidney diet tips from DaVita dietitians.


1,000,000+ Downloads So Far!

Kidney Diet Tips Blog

Recipes, tips and news for people on a kidney diet.

Farrow and apple salad in a white bowl


Access free kidney-friendly cookbooks from DaVita dietitians.

1,000,000+ Enjoyed So Far!

Smiling couple sitting in a cafe drinking coffee together

Eating Out

See kidney-friendly food and drink choices to consider when eating out at your favorite restaurants. Choose from 12 cuisine types.

Write a Comment

Tell Us What You Think

Note: Your username will be displayed for reviews.

All comments will be approved by a DaVita teammate and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.